Strike action by a number of industries is scheduled to take place throughout April across the UK, including a massive five weeks of industrial action by Passport Office workers.

Junior doctor, Heathrow, National Highways, bus, and driving examiner staff are all set to strike too.

More strikes in other sectors can’t be ruled out either, including with rails and postal office workers where negotiations are ongoing.

Here is the full list of strikes taking place in April 2023, broken down by industry:

Junior doctors’ walk-out

Junior doctors have just announced a four-day walk-out for April, which follows a three-day strike in March over a pay dispute with the NHS.

Next month’s industrial action will take place on 11, 12, 13, and 14 April.

The decision to strike was announced on 23 March, with 98 per cent of junior doctors represented by the British Medical Association (BMA) voting in favour of the walk-out.

The BMA says it had a record turnout in the vote, with 77.49 per cent of the 47,692 eligible staff participating. The 36,218 staff who voted ‘yes’ to strike action was also the highest-ever number of junior doctors voting for strike action, it said.

Heathrow airport workers

Easter getaway plans could face “severe delays and disruption” for people going through Heathrow airport.

More than 1,400 security guards represented by the Unite union will stage a 10-day walkout to coincide with Easter weekend and part of the Easter school break as part of their pay dispute.

It will last from 31 March until 9 April, and the union has said airport users will experience “severe delays and disruption” as a result.

Heathrow airport has said it has contingency plans that will keep the airport “open and operational”.

National Highways

The striking staff are Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members and work in the National Traffic Operations Centre, in Quinton, West Midlands. It is National Highways’ major control centre and the staff there work to co-ordinate with government and emergency services when there is a major incident.

They will strike from 3 to 7 April.

It is the first time National Highways staff that are PCS members have gone on strike since rolling regional walk-outs over December and January.

PCS members at the Quinton customer contact centre that deal with the public are also being called upon to strike.

The strike, as well as one by DVSA staff that are PCS members, is part of a national campaign over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy terms.

Driving exams

DVSA driving examiners and test centre admin staff have a stream of strikes set across April, with rolling industrial action already taking place this month.

The first block of action next month takes place on 5, 6, 11 and 12 April, and will see all DVSA employees at the Swansea Ellipse, Newcastle Lightbox and Newcastle Tyneside House workplaces strike.

Similar action took place in December and January, which PCS labelled “successful”.

Rolling regional action then takes place in two-day blocks across Great Britain:

Dozens of DVSA centres will be impacted on each set of dates.


The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) staff were set to strike on 30 March and 1 April but these were suspended on 22 March following negotiations with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).

There were two other strike days in mid-March, which lead to about 40 to 50 per cent of train services running. All have been part of the long-running dispute with rail operators over pay, jobs and working conditions.

RMT said it had received a new proposal from the RDG that could lead to a “resolution”.

While no other strikes are planned, RMT has stressed that “the dispute remains on” and the union will continue to “make preparations for a re-ballot when the current mandates runs out in mid-May“.

Transport officials and the RDG have both expressed hopes that a settlement could see the end to strikes.


More than 3,000 National Express West Midlands bus drivers, represented by Unite, are striking in a pay dispute that could continue into April.

A pay offer was rejected this past weekend and strike action began on 20 March, which is set to continue indefinitely until a pay deal is reached.

National Express West Midlands managing director, David Bradford, has previously apologised to customers for the disruption that will be caused.

“Services will be very limited and our advice is to avoid travel by National Express bus if possible, and check our website for live updates on which routes are running,” he said in an open letter.

The bus operator runs about 1,600 buses across Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Walsall, Dudley and West Bromwich and Worcestershire — ultimately carrying about 600,000 passengers each day.

Passport office workers

A massive five-week strike will take place throughout April, and into May, by more than 1,000 passport office workers.

PCS has warned the action is likely to have a “significant impact” on the delivery of passports ahead of summer. The strike action is happening at the busiest passport renewal time of the year.

The strike will take place from 3 April until 5 May, affecting passport offices in Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport, Peterborough and Southport.

Strike action is also taking place at the office in Belfast, but this will not begin until 7 April.

The passport workers are asking for a 10 per cent pay rise as well as changes to their pensions and protected redundancy terms.

Postal workers

While Royal Mail workers represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have overwhelmingly voted for more industrial action as part of their dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, no dates have been announced.

Negotiations between the union and Royal Mail are ongoing, with industrial action on “pause”. It was decided in January that industrial action will be halted to allow negotiations to go ahead in good faith.

The most recent update was a joint statement by Royal Mail and CWU on 13 March, where both bodies said progress had been made “in some areas” and another update would be made “as soon as we can”.

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